Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Lunch with Nature: Life in the Soil

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnsep2019 • Register by September 27. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more

Ghostly Gathering

Monroe Lake’s most popular special event, Ghostly Gathering, returns to Paynetown SRA this year on October 25-26. On Friday, you can drop by to craft your own “pet ghost” from 4 to 6 p.m. ($2 craft fee), while supplies last. At 7:45 p.m., the naturalist invites you to gather around the... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Going Nutty

Lunch with Nature Series at 11:00 a.m. • Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnoct2019 • Register by October 25. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the... Learn more